The Gospel According to Simeon

(LukeThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... » 2:22-40)

By Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloThe Legend of Arevalo. Read more ... », Jr.

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February 02, 2014

Introduction

Let me ask our males here. Are you circumcised? Do you remember when did you underwent circumcision? Why did you go for circumcision?

JesusI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » was circumcised according the Law613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » of MosesThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » and after 40 days, being a first born sonThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... », he was presented in one of the courts of the templeJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » for purificationThe Man with Unclean Lips Sends by the King of the Armies. Read more ... » (Lk 2:23). Actually that purification was both of the motherA Poem for all Mothers. Read more ... » and of the child.

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There was a certain man“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » called SimeonJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... », led by the Holy SpiritMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... », visited the temple and saw the child Jesus. During the presentation Simeon took the infant in his arms and praised GodWhat is Life?. Read more ... », saying“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... »,

“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace according to your promise. Because my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared for all people to see—a light that will reveal salvation to the gentiles and bring glory to your people Israel” (Lk 2:29-32).

Then Simeon blessedThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » Jesus, MaryThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » and JosephThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... », and afterwards he told Mary,

“This infant is destined to cause many in Israel to fall and rise. Also, he will be a sign that will be opposed. Indeed, a sword will pierce your own soul, too, so that the inner thoughts of many people might be revealed” (Lk 2:34-35).

Who was Simeon?

Simeon was righteousThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » and devout, empowered and guided by the Holy SpiritProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... », and the prophecyProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » about the MessiahThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... » was revealed to Him by the Spirit (Luke 2:25-26).

The Apocryphal literature identifies Simeon as a famous man.

Protoevangelium Iacobi affirms that Simeon was a priestGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » who replaced ZechariahThe Three Lessons of Palm Sunday. Read more ... ».

Blue Letter Bible says that “there was a Simeon who succeeded his fatherThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » Hillel as presidentMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » of the Sanhedrin about A.D. 13, and whose son Gamaliel was the Pharisee at whose feet St. Paul was brought up (Acts 22:3). It has been conjectured that he may be the Simeon of St. Luke.”

Evangelium Nicodemi affirms that Simeon was a priest—he and his two sons (Carino and Leucio) were raised from the deadJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » by ChristNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » when He roseMother’s Value Far Exceeds the Finest Jewels. Read more ... » from the dead.

There are very few accounts concerning the Simeon of St. Luke. However, the following are sure: Simeon was spirit-filled, with gift of prophecy, guided by the Spirit, and the truthHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » of salvationA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » was revealed to him before He saw the boyIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... » Jesus.

Here are the good newsYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » according to Simeon:

1. God’s salvation was seen by Simeon (v. 30).   Simeon was waiting for the one who would comfortHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » IsraelA Caregiver Wows Israel's X Factor; UK Wows For This Pinoy. Read more ... », and the Holy Spirit was upon him. Probably you may ask how comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » he knew that mystery of God.  Of course"How to Use Church Web Effectively for God's Ministry?". Read more ... », when we are led by the Holy Spirit, the Spirit will tell us what to do unless we don’t want to listenThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » to God and we just want to listen to our acquired knowledge and conscience formed with our educationThe Genesis of Wesley Divinity School. Read more ... », and experience.

2. God’s salvation was prepared for all people to see (v. 31). Simeon saw the salvation before it was revealed to the writers of the GospelsJesus is Missing!. Read more ... ». In the GospelThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... » according to JohnPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... », Jesus said,

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Indeed, that salvation was prepared “for all people to see,” in the wordsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » of Jesus in the Gospel of John, “the worldThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... ».” Thus, God’s salvation is not only intended to show off, but also offered to all people to enjoy.

3. God’s salvation is for gentiles and Israel alike (v.32).  Meaning, that salvation is for the JewsLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... », and also for non-Jews alike! Jews were just channels of salvation-since Jesus was from their race and religionThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... », and they should be happy with that. Salvation is not for them alone, salvation is for all Jews and non-Jews alike! Salvation is offered for all!

Conclusion

When Simeon saw the Messiah, he told to Maria and Joseph what he knew about Him and His comingThe Three Lessons of Palm Sunday. Read more ... » as the Messiah. AnnaJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... », a prophetess, heard all about this mystery from Simeon and she thanked God and shared the goodWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » news to others “who are waiting for the redemptionThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » of Jerusalem.”

Anna was very old (ISV), or great age (KJV, RV), or advanced in many days (MKJV). Please do the computation of her age (vv.36-37). 84 years of being widow plus 7 years married lifeWhat is Life?. Read more ... », plus 14 (?) years of being virgin equals 105 years old (?).

Anna was just in the temple worshipping and fastingProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » for the LordThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » for many years. She was not leaving the temple, but when she saw the Messiah she left the temple and shared the good news to others!

Let me share with you the Parable of the Candles.

There was a blackout one night. When the lights went out, the houseHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » keeper fumbled to the closet where he keeps the candles for nights like this … He lit four of them. He was turning to leave with the large candle in his hand when he heard a voiceMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... »,

“Now, hold it right there.”four_candles

“Who said that?”

“I did.” The voiceA Caregiver Wows Israel's X Factor; UK Wows For This Pinoy. Read more ... » was near his hand.

“Who are you? What are you?”

“I’m a candle.”

He lifted up the candle to take a closer look. There was a tiny face in the wax. “Don’t take me out of here!”

“What?”

“I said, don’t take me out of this room.”

“What do you mean? I have to take you out. You’re a candle. Your job is to give light. It’s dark out there.”

“But you can’t take me out. I’m not ready,” the candle explained with pleadingThe Physician Doesn’t Want Her Daughter be Entertained, but Look What She Does to Get What She Wants. Read more ... » eyes. “I need more preparation.”

He couldn’t believe his ears. “More preparation?”

“Yeah, I’ve decided I need to research this job of light-giving so I won’t go out and make a bunch of mistakes. You’d be surprised how distorted the glow of an untrained candle can be…”

“All right then,” he said. “You’re not the only candle on the shelf. I’ll blow you out and take the others!”

But right then he heard other voices, “We aren’t going either!”

He turned to the other candles, “You are candles and your job is to light dark places!”

“Well, that may be what you think,” said the first one, “You may think we have to go, but I’m busy … I’m meditating on the importance of light. It’s really enlightening.”

“And you other two,” he asked, “Are you going to stay, too?”

A short, fat, purple candle with plump cheeks spoke up. “I’m waiting to get my life together, I’m not stable enough.”

The last candle had a female voice, very pleasant to the ear. “I’d like to help,” she explained, “but lighting the darkness is not my gift … I’m a singer. I sing to other candles to encourage them to burn more brightly.”

She began a rendition of “This Little Light of Mine.” The other three joined in, filling the closet with singing.

He took a step back and considered the absurdity of it all. Four perfectly healthy candles singing to each other about lightThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » but refusing to come out of the closet.

Here is a questionLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... » for you–when was the last timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » you shared the light of the gospel to someone?

Are we like those candles? Are we saying alibis like, “Wait, I am not ready yet since I need more preparation.” Or we are saying, “Wait I am still thinking, meditating, praying and fasting.” Or we are saying, “It’s not my gift, I am a musician, I am gardener, I am carpenter, I am a mechanic, or I am a cook.”

This world is full of darkness, with many people stumbling around trying to find their wayHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... ». We can be a light for them by sharing the good news of Jesus ChristThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... ». Do you want to try this challengeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... »?

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